Pastor – Rev. Allysa De Wolf
Pastor Allysa is currently on maternity leave. She is planning to be back in May 2022.
To schedule a virtual meeting with Pastor Allysa, click HERE.
Rev. Allysa De Wolf began her ministry at Wayside UCC in Federal Way, Washington in November of 2018. As a new transplant to the Pacific Northwest she is excited to continue her work in LGBT advocacy, immigration rights and homelessness advocacy. She previously served as the pastor of First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara and associate pastor at Newtown Congregational Church in Connecticut.
In the past, Rev. Allysa has volunteered with PFLAG, SB*Tan (Santa Barbara Transgender Network), Coalition Against Gun Violence, Uffizi Organization to prevent sex trafficking, The Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth; as well as coordinating with many organizations dealing with homelessness, mental health issues, and disability rights. She is passionate about camp and volunteers regularly as Pastor-at-Camp and as a keynote speaker for various United Church of Christ Camps. Her ministry is dedicated to creating a truly welcoming environment that challenges each person to live out the call to “love one another” in our daily lives and community.
During her time as the associate minister of Newtown Congregational Church, Rev. Allysa helped pastor during the tragic events of the Sandy Hook Shooting and continues to fight for change. She has served as a hospice chaplain at the Veterans Hospital of Connecticut and worked with the Interfaith Center of New York City. She attended NYU, where she created her own major: “Civil Disobedience and Ideal Societies from Ideology to Application.” She received her M.Div at Yale Divinity School. In her short time at Wayside, she has been accepted into the 10th cohort of the UCC’s Pension Board “Next Generation Leadership Initiative” and will be dedicating the next 6 years to strengthening her pastoral leadership and dreaming about the future church.
Rev. Allysa spent eight years living on the east coast but is originally from Orange County, California. In Santa Barbara she met her partner, Kalyn, and they are the loving moms to their son, Harlyn, and three rescue dogs! Rev. Allysa is passionate about LGBT rights, hunger issues, homelessness, interfaith and ecumenical collaboration, and being a force for justice. Outside of church, Allysa is an accomplished gospel singer, avid movie buff, and all around self-described “nerd.”
Rev. Allysa, along with Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom, host the podcast titled, “Coffee Hour Chat.” To listen, visit: anchor.fm/coffeehourchat or search for it in your favorite podcast platform.
Rev. Allysa was accepted, in 2019, to the Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI). To learn more about this program and its impact on Wayside and the wider church, check out the video below.
Steve King – Interim Minister
Steve King is currently a Member in Discernment in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UCC. He’s a member at Spirit of Peace UCC in Sammamish, Washington and is attending Claremont School of Theology online to receive his M.Div. Steve will be serving as our interim minister throughout Pastor Allysa’s maternity leave.
Julie Landes – Music Director
Julie Landes is a vocalist, pianist, and conductor performing in the South Puget Sound area. She currently serves as choir director at Stahl Junior High and Glacier View Junior High in Puyallup, teaching seventh through ninth-grade singers.
Julie earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Pacific Lutheran University, where she spent time singing in Choir of the West and assistant conducting two undergraduate choirs. Julie currently sings in PLU’s Choral Union and performs in various other ensembles throughout the area. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her cat, drinking coffee, and spending time in the PNW!
Office Manager – Robbie Gilchrist
Robbie is in Wayside’s office Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 am and Wednesday through Friday, 9:00 – 12:45 pm.